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08th May 2019

Irish women are the fourth heaviest drinkers in the world, study finds

Rebecca O'Keeffe

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We’re not surprised.

Irish women have been ranked the fourth highest drinkers in the world.

A new study has shown that Irish people are fifth in world rankings for alcohol consumption.

Irish adults consume, on average, more than 13 litres of alcohol a year.

However, the more concerning finding was the fact that Irish women were the fourth highest drinkers.

The top three were Lithuania, Moldova, and the Czech Republic.

The study revealed that 40 percent of Irish people are apparently classed as binge drinkers. Yikes.

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The number of teetotallers is also dropping in Ireland, having gone from 19 percent in 1990 to 9 percent in 2017.

We’re not totally surprised by that to be fair.

The study has estimated that by 2030, half of all adults in the world will drink alcohol – and almost a quarter will binge drink at least once a month.

Irish drinking rates are forecast as likely to remain stable up to 2030, but will not show any significant fall either, despite the many public health messages about alcohol abuse.

All very interesting.